After just three seasons as the helm, Manhattan College head coach Steve Masiello has quickly restored the winning tradition to the storied men's basketball program in Riverdale, laying the foundation for the Jaspers' return to prominence.
In March 2014, the Jaspers won the MAAC Championship, defeating Iona 71-68 for their 25th win of the season. It was Manhattan's first MAAC title since the 2004 campaign. The Jaspers also won 25 games for the first time since that 2003-04 season. Masiello gained the prestigious 2014 Metropolitan Coach of the Year after the season, awarded by the Met Writers Association.
Masiello has rejuvenated the Jaspers with strong national recruiting that has transformed Manhattan into a top contender in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for years to come.
Long-time ESPN college basketball commentator Dick Vitale has even noted, "Remember this name, Steve Masiello. A young, rising coach doing a great job at Manhattan."
Despite a number of key early-season injuries in 2012-13, the Jaspers rallied to win eight of their last 11 games down the stretch. Manhattan reached the MAAC Championship game for the first time in nine years, coming up just three points short of reaching the NCAA Tournament in a miraculous run.
After the 2012-13 season, junior Rhamel Brown was named second team All-MAAC, second team All-Metropolitan and the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year. The accolades continued for the Jaspers as freshman Shane Richards earned MAAC Co-Rookie of the Year honors and RaShawn Stores gained a spot on the MAAC All-Rookie Team.
In his first season at Manhattan, the Jaspers enjoyed the biggest turnaround in the nation, posting 21 victories in 2011-2012, a 15-win improvement from the previous season. It went down as the largest turnaround in program history, and he posted the second most wins by a Manhattan first-year head coach, trailing only Fran Fraschilla's 23 victories in 1992-93.
Masiello garnered Co-Coach of the Year honors by the Metropolitan Writer's Association in 2011-12 as he led Manhattan to its first postseason appearance since 2006. The Jaspers advanced to the Second Round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). Masiello mentored three All-MAAC selections in 2011-2012, including First Team honoree and the league's scoring champion George Beamon.
The Jaspers have also excelled in the classroom under Masiello. Three players earned both MAAC All-Academic distinction and the prestigious Honors Court recognition by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) in 2012. It marked the most student-athlete honorees on both award lists out of the 10 MAAC institutions.
Masiello was named Manhattan's 23rd head coach in program history on April 11, 2011. He arrived back in his native New York after spending six years in the Big East as an assistant at Louisville under head coach Rick Pitino.
Over his six-year tenure at Louisville, Masiello helped lead the Cards to a 148-61 (.708) overall record, six straight 20-win seasons and four NCAA Tournament appearances. Louisville advanced to the Elite Eight twice (2008 & 2009) during that time. Masiello played a vital role in building Louisville's 2009 Big East Championship team, which won 31 games, including a program record 16 in conference, and entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed.
One of the nation's most renowned recruiters, Masiello effectively directed the Cards' recruiting efforts by signing four Top-20 recruiting classes, which included four McDonald's All-Americans over his time in Louisville. The Cards' 2008 recruiting class garnered a No. 4 national ranking, featuring 2008 USA Today High School National Player of the Year and future NBA player Samardo Samuels.
Masiello was named one of the nation's Top 25 collegiate assistant coaches according to FoxSports.com (2010) & Rivals.com (2007). He managed the Cards' game preparation and scouting responsibilities for his last three years with the program as Louisville amassed a 76-29 (.724) overall record, including a 39-15 (.722) mark in the Big East during this stretch.
Masiello is back in Riverdale for his second coaching tenure at Manhattan. He previously helped lead the Jaspers to three postseason appearances in four years (2001-2005) as an assistant, which included two trips to the NCAA Tournament (2003 & 2004) and one to the NIT (2002). Under his tutelage, the Jaspers posted an 83-36 (.697) overall record and won the 2003 & 2004 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships. Masiello was a key contributor on the Jaspers' coaching staff which helped lead Manhattan to its third NCAA Tournament victory in program history in 2004, defeating Florida in the First Round.
Prior to Manhattan, Masiello served as the administrative assistant at Tulane under head coach Shawn Finney for one year (2000-01).
Masiello was a four-year member of the Wildcats' basketball team, playing under head coaches Rick Pitino (1996-97) and Tubby Smith (1997-2000). During his playing career, Kentucky went to the Final Four twice (1997 & 1998), advancing to the National Championship game both times and winning the title in 1998. Masiello was named the Wildcats' co-captain his senior year.
Masiello hails from White Plains, N.Y., and attended Archbishop Stepinac High School. He completed his final two years at the Harvey School in Katonah, N.Y., where he helped the basketball program win the New England Prep School Athletic Association Championship. Masiello also served as a ball boy for the New York Knicks during his youth.
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